In the News ~ Oct. 29

Mundelein waits as teachers set to vote on tentative agreement – Teachers voted 122-13 to strike on Sept. 24, though the process was never started, then came out firing at an Oct. 20 Board of Education meeting. Now teachers are expected to vote on a tentative agreement with the district Wednesday or Thursday evening, after teams from both sides reached common ground at 12:45 a.m. Oct. 23.
Dawn Patrol: Racial slur in District 93; chaotic Waukegan meeting (Chicago Daily Herald © 10/29/2014)

Substitute teacher uses racial slur in Carol Stream classroom A substitute teacher who used the N-word while discussing race with some students in an eighth-grade social science class at Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream won’t be asked to teach at the school, the District 93 superintendent says. The students said the slur came out after they tried to correct the teacher on identify…


School Board Walks Out of Meeting as Crowd Grows Angry (Chicago Press Release Service © 10/29/2014)

A suburban school board meeting was shut down Tuesday as emotions reached a boiling point between officials and angry residents. With the teacher strike in Waukegan in its fourth week, officials announced that schools would remained closed Wednesday as negotiations


Weariness grows in Waukegan amid teacher strike (Chicago Tribune © 10/29/2014)

Fifth-grade teacher Carol Linderman was standing on a picket line Monday when she allowed herself to imagine the day when Waukegan’s seemingly interminable teacher strike finally ends. We don’t know what to expect, said Linderman, who works at Glen Flora Elementary.


School Board president stops meeting: ‘I’m ashamed for Waukegan’ (Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 10/29/2014)

Waukegan School Board members walked off the stage about 30 minutes into their meeting Tuesday night as a packed auditorium at Waukegan High School’s Brookside Campus erupted into chaos over the nearly four-week teachers strike in the northern suburb.


School Board Meeting Shut Down as Crowd Grows Angry Over Teacher Strike (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 10/29/2014)

A suburban school board meeting was shut down Tuesday as emotions reached a boiling point between officials and angry residents. With the teacher strike in Waukegan…


Teachers contract talks end after 3.5 hours Tuesday (Lake County News Sun © 10/29/2014)

Tuesdays contract negotiations ended at noon after just three and a half hours of bargaining, according to statements from District 60 and the Waukegan Teachers Council. The session, which began at 8:30 a.m., adjourned early because the district’s chief negotiator had a previously scheduled mediation session in another district, according to district spokesman Nicholas Alajakis.


State panel rejects Elgin charter school plan but urges a rewrite (Elgin Courier News © 10/29/2014)

The hopes of setting up an Elgin Math and Science Academy charter elementary school by fall 2015 suffered a probably fatal wound Tuesday as the Illinois State Charter School Commission unanimously rejected the organizers’ request to open the school under supervision of state officials rather than officials in School District U46.


Students phone-bank, canvas to influence midterm elections (Evanston Daily Northwestern © 10/29/2014)

Campus organizations are increasing their efforts to mobilize voters as early voting continues before Tuesdays midterm elections. Northwesterns College Democrats held its second phone-banking session of the quarter Tuesday night, working with liberal political action committee to answer peoples questions about registering and voting in different states. The first phone-banking session w…


Attrition used in place of faculty losses (Charleston Daily Eastern News © 10/29/2014)

Eastern administrators are using attrition to compensate for the total 58 faculty members who either retired or were not rehired during the 2013-14 academic year. The teacher pension rate of return changed from 7.5 percent to 8 percent under the Teacher’s Retirement System of the State of Illinois, effective June 2014,


Quinn announces IWU funding (Bloomington Pantagraph © 10/29/2014)

BLOOMINGTON — Gov. Pat Quinn visited Illinois Wesleyan University on Monday to announce a $1.1 million grant for safety and maintenance work. The investment is funded by the $31 billion, six-year Illinois Jobs Now! state construction program. “This investment will help Illinois Wesleyan stay competitive so current and future students can have a grea…



Dyett to reopen in 2016 as a neighborhood high school Activists who fought for the Washington Park school to remain open herald the announcement that CPS is seeking proposals to reopen the school, but say they don’t want a private operator for it. CPS wants delay for new test, was already denied in July As opposition heats up to the new PARCC standardized test, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says she wants to delay it but doesn’t mention that the state already denied the request over the summer. Heated debate about last year’s school closings School Board member Andrea Zopp and Chicago Teachers Union staffer Carol Caref debate the school closings and their results at a City Club panel that also featured board member Carlos Azcoitia, Chief Administrative Officer Tom Tyrell and community activist Valerie Leonard. Take 5: Parents form PAC, Byrd-Bennett on testing and teacher tenure fight Parents from a Southwest Side school have formed a political action committee to push lawmakers to take steps to relieve overcrowding. Also, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett gets national attention for her stance against the PARCC, but is it misplaced? Take 5: Hancock change ok’d, closed school sold, lead paint problems Despite some criticism that Hancock is an old building and that students on the Southwest Side deserve a new one, the board votes to make Hancock a selective enrollment school. Also, CPS makes the first sale of a school shuttered last year; and parents from Rogers Park say CPS knew for five years that their school had damaged lead paint but delayed fixing it.



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TIME Covers Tenure


By popular request, let’s talk about that TIME magazine cover story about efforts to rein in teacher tenure (currently being litigated in CA and NY), starting with a pair of opposing posts by Ray Salazar and Second City Teacher. In other news, the Waukegan strike is dragging on, and there’s a new documentary about the CPS school closings of 2013. Nationally, teachers unions have put $7M into the CA race for state superintendent and $450K into the New Orleans school board elections.




5 reasons why Time Magazine’s Rotten Apples cover is right about education Ray Salazar: White non-educators started caring about public education, this person told me, in 1987 (during my sophomore year at a Southwest side Chicago public high school) when Secretary of Education William Bennett called Chicago Public Schools the worst in the …


Time Rips Teachers! Second City Teacher: Calling out Time Magazine for its latest article on teacher bashing would be like calling out Pravda for lauding the Soviet state once again, or calling Hitler out for stripping more Jews of their due process rights.




Grassroots Group’s Seminars Aim to Delay New CPS Tests DNAinfo: But in the latest battle, they’ve found an ally in CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who last week pushed for a delay in the tests implementation across the district and to limit the number of schools involved in it, the Sun-Times reported.


Ben Joravsky and Jesse Sharkey: Another Chicago is Still Possible CORE: Karen Lewis may not be running for mayor, but the movement she helped inspire is still going strong. Join us for a discussion of what it will take to make our schools and our city work for ALL Chicagoans. It’s more important than ever for parents, teachers, students and community leaders to continue the..




Waukegan school board meeting shut down after crowd grows unruly WGN: Contract negotiations between the board and the teachers’ union are showing promise. Both sides said they made progress Tuesday.


Weariness grows in Waukegan amid teacher strike Chicago Tribune: In that time, Waukegan community groups have tried to fill several voids left by the strike, including feeding low-income students who depend on schools for their nutrition and opening gyms where children can spend their free hours.


Waukegan teachers hanging tough Klonsky: At last night’s board meeting, Waukegan board member Victoria Torres blows it. Tells angry striking teachers and parent supporters, “Sit down and shut up!” Probably not the best way for elected official to open dialogue. Meeting up for grabs. Quickly adjourned. At 10 p.m. teachers union releases a statement calling Torres’ behavior “abhorrent” and calling for her immediate resignation. Statewide support is building for teachers who are in 4th week of strike for a decent contract.




The School Project launches with film, website and event Chicago Sun-Times: Some of the biggest names in the Chicago documentary film community have come together to take a comprehensive look at the Chicago public school system, including Kartemquin Films, Media Process Group, Free Spirit Media, the Kindling Group and …


‘Worst in the nation?’ Project looks at issues in Chicago schools Chicago Sun-Times: The idea for The School Project came to Jacobs and Siskel/Jacobs co-founder Jon Siskel in spring 2013 when Chicago Public Schools announced it planned to close 50 neighborhood schools.


National Summit On Urban Education Held In Response To School Closings Progress IL: The Journey for Justice Alliance is a national coalition of 36 community organizations focused on education justice. The summit, which is focused on community-driven school improvement strategies, follows a “rash of school closings in Detroit, New Orleans, Newark, Chicago and many other cities.” These school actions, according to the Journey for Justice Alliance, “are having an adverse affect on neighborhood climates.”




Pritzker School Lowers Grade Scale After Push by Parents DNA Info: New scale puts school in line with most CPS elementaries setting “A” mark at 90 percent, principal said.


Apple hops on board Obama program to wire up schools Chicago Tribune: The iPhone maker has long highlighted the use of Macs and iPads in schools, and the growth opportunities they present. It has partnered with educational publishers such as Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as well as cellular and Wi-Fi networks .




UFT asks court to toss lawsuit challenging teacher tenure ChalkbeatNY: The union also claims that the plaintiffs do not have standing to bring the lawsuit. Only one of the parents participating in the suit says her child has had an ineffective teacher, and the suit does not argue that the state’s laws protected that teacher, the union notes.


Cuomo’s vow on teacher evals prompts flip-flop charge ChalkbeatNY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent statements that he wants to toughen up the state’s teacher evaluation system prompted confusion and anger from his critics on Tuesday.


New Jersey schools promise to correct racial disparities Washington Post: A school district serving two suburban communities in New Jersey has agreed to expand access to Advanced Placement classes and other higher learning opportunities to African American students, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.


Some St. Louis Teachers Address Ferguson With Lessons On Race NPR: Educators in St. Louis are using events in Ferguson to spark discussions about race and class in a deeply segregated region. Others have found approaching the subject a difficult task.




Union power on the ballot Politico: Interest groups have poured nearly $25 million into the race for California schools superintendent. The California Teachers Association alone has put more than $7 million behind Torlakson.


National teachers union pours $450,000 into Jefferson Parish School Board election The American Federation of Teachers has spent almost $450,000 on the Jefferson Parish School Board elections, recent campaign finance reports show. That’s more than all individual candidate contributions combined. It had no such presence in Jefferson Parish in 2010, when a business-backed slate of candidates ousted four union-friendly incumbents and took control of the School Board.


Sharp policy divide in schools chief race Politico: The candidates for California superintendent of public instruction are both Democrats. But they have plenty of substantive policy differences.


Teachers on the Common Core: Familiarity Breeds Approval Teacher Beat: Teachers are about evenly split on whether they approve or disapprove of the common core; elementary teachers and those with the most experience implementing them view them the most favorably.


Many schools lack Internet capacity for tests EdSource Today: California officials have identified many schools that will have difficulty offering online statewide tests scheduled in the spring unless their Internet capacity is improved. State technology experts winnowed down the initial list of eligible schools from more than 600 to 304.


How Well Did Schools Implement School Improvement Grants? PK12: The most interesting finding: None of the schools participating in the survey that used the most common turnaround models available under the Obama administration’s SIG program—”turnaround”, which calls for getting rid of the principal and half the staff; and “transformation” which calls for a broad basket of strategies, including extended learning time and performance pay for educators—did absolutely everything they were encouraged to do.


Coalition of Ed. Groups, Unions Calls For New Accountability System PK12: A coalition of groups, with support from the two national teachers’ unions, is calling for a different take on school accountability–one that reduces annual testing and includes a broader mix of school outcomes. Supporters include AASA, the School Superintendents’ Association; the American Youth Policy Forum, and the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign.


50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World’s Teaching Superstar NPR Education: It’s been 2,400 years since he taught his last class, but the teaching method Socrates created, and that bears his name, lives on today.



Political News


Governor: The devil you know (Southern Illinoisan © 10/29/2014)

Illinois is a mess. Our unemployment rate is still well above the national average and the number of those who have stopped looking for work is higher still. The state pension funding is in limbo, our infrastructure is crumbling and both businesses and residents are looking to get out of Dodge.


New poll shows Quinn has narrow lead over Rauner in governor’s race (The Gate Newspaper © 10/29/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn is leading Republican challenger Bruce Rauner by four points according to a new poll released Monday, Oct. 27. The CBS News/New York Times/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll showed that 41 percent of likely voters said they support incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn while 37 percent said they would cast their ballots for Bruce Rauner. With the election less than a week away, still 13 percen…


Quinn stands with our teachers (Wednesday Journal © 10/29/2014)

I spent 34 years in public schools, teaching history. Unfortunately, the wonderful profession I knew seems to be headed for the history books, given how much it has changed. No, it’s not the new technology or tests although the challenges our teachers face in the classroom today are beyond anything I could have imagined during my first year in 1968. It is the disrespect teachers get from too many p…


Kadner: Pat Quinn is invested in the Southland (Chicago Daily Southtown © 10/28/2014)

A week before the election for governor, I find myself wondering why there isnt more enthusiasm in the south suburbs for re-electing Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn has been the strongest advocate for two of the largest public works projects in the state, the South Suburban Airport and Illiana Tollway. Both not only would create thousand…


Nov. 4 General Election endorsements (Rockford Rock River Times © 10/29/2014)

Editor Publisher My disgust with the election process and many foregone results continues. As I learned in Washington, D.C., from 1974-1976 as an American University School of International Service student, U. S. government policy is bought and sold, and the rule of law rarely has a damn thing to do with real policy.


Gubernatorial endorsement excerpt round-up (Chicago Tribune © 10/29/2014)

Quotes from the endorsement editorials in Illinois newspapers (all but Rockford endorsed Republican Bruce Rauner). Springfield State Journal-Register Rauner, told The State Journal-Register editorial board he believes the state must overhaul its tax code, consider additional workers’ compensation reforms, end corporate welfare, implement some business-friendly regulatory changes and make state


Tom Kacich: Rauner out-raises Quinn in much of area (Champaign News Gazette © 10/29/2014)

Only Mike Frerichs, the hometown state senator running for state treasurer, has raised more money in Champaign-Urbana this election cycle than Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. Frerichs has raised $50,470 from Champaign and $12,905 from Urbana since Jan. 1, 2013, according to the State Board of Elections. Rauner has raised $56,639 in Champaign and $2,100 in Urbana during the same …


Endorsements for statewide candidates (Champaign News Gazette © 10/29/2014)

Here are The News-Gazette’s endorsements in four statewide offices up for election Nov. 4. Attorney General Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democratic incumbent, was once in the shoes of her Republican challenger, political newcomer Paul Schimpf. She was a political neophyte who would have been a sure loser if not for the support of her father, all-powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan …


3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Let Campaign Negativity Keep You Away From the Polls (Huffpost Chicago © 10/29/2014)

The 2014 Illinois governor’s race has been one of the most fiercely fought in recent memory. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have both tried to convince voters that the other is the worst thing that could happen to the state. The negativity is enough to make you want to stay away from the poll all together.


Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas blasts Bruce Rauner’s jobs record (Peoria Journal Star © 10/29/2014)

EAST PEORIA With only a week before the gubernatorial election shifts from the campaign trail to the ballot box, both parties are pushing their ideas for economic growth and attacking the opponents reputation. Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Paul Vallas took a jab at GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauners jobs record during an appearance Tuesday morning at the United Auto Workers Loca…


Chicago No-No: Rauner orders hot dog with ketchup on it (Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 10/29/2014)

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – The candidates for governor have fought bitterly over the economy, jobs, and social issues. But on Tuesday, it all came down to a hot dog. Video shows Bruce Rauner ordering a hot dog with mustard — and ketchup — on it. That’s one of those legendary Chicago no-no’s. The Quinn campaign is jumping on it, but it’s apparently not as simple as that.


Who’s voted so far? Here’s some info October 28, 2014 (Crains Chicago Business © 10/29/2014)

The first totals of sorts are in from the 2014 general election and, typically, the campaigns of Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner are disagreeing over what they mean. The “results” are raw figures on how many people have voted early or requested mail ballots and, equally significant, where they’re from. Voting is up in the city proper and suburban Cook County.


Enough with the corporate handouts, Mr. Quinn October 29, 2014 (Crains Chicago Business © 10/29/2014)

We know the quid, but not the quo. Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin breathlessly announced Inc.’s plan to open a warehouse in Illinois that will employ 1,000 people by 2017. But they haven’t told us what Illinois will give Amazon in return. It’s not really a question of what, but how much.


Poll finds minimum wage a winning issue for Dems (Decatur Herald and Review © 10/29/2014)

A new poll shows Democrats may have hit the bull’s-eye when they chose the minimum wage as an issue that could help them push supporters to the polls on Election Day. A survey of more than 1,000 voters by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University found 71 percent of registered voters favor increasing the state’s $8.25 per hour minimum wage to $10 per …


Fertilizer firm picks Tuscola; announcement set Wednesday (Decatur Herald and Review © 10/29/2014)

Economic incentives potentially worth more than $14 million in taxpayer money played a key role in helping Illinois land a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant, says a state lawmaker who helped shepherd the package through the General Assembly. State Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, said the state aid was a critical factor in convincing Cronus Chemical to build the facility in the Douglas Co…


Our view: School funding plan means crippling cuts (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 10/29/2014)

An Illinois Senate bill that has made its way to the House could have a dramatic effect on school funding at the local level. If it is approved by the full state legislature, Senate Bill 16 also known as the School Funding Reform Act of 2014 would divide Illinois school districts into winners and losers.


Don’t let politics kill Illinois’ school funding debate (East Peoria Times © 10/29/2014)

Anyone who thought Senate Bill 16, the school funding reform bill, was going to sail through the Illinois House without a fight underestimated the fervor bound to be stirred by the economic, regional and political implications of such an overhaul. As for the positive and long-overdue educational implications of making school funding more equitable statewide, those don’t seem to hold quite the same …


Ballot draws attention to school funding (Charleston Daily Eastern News © 10/29/2014)

A property tax referendum to ensure funds for the Kansas School District will be on the ballot on Election Day for Coles County voters. The proposition from the Kansas School Board asks for property taxes to be increased to 2.19 percent for the next three years for Coles, Clark, and Edgar counties in Illinois. According to Kansas School …


Don’t be fooled by Rauner props, tricks (Chicago Daily Herald © 10/29/2014)

When I was in high school and college I had a lot of fun participating in school plays, so you understand concepts like costume and props. As the years have gone by I have become accustomed to seeing politicians employ these concepts too, but I have never seen a campaign that has used them more than Bruce Rauner’s Actors and actresses …


Rauner tours suburbs, Quinn touts Amazon coming to Illinois (Chicago Daily Herald © 10/29/2014)

With a week to go in a race for governor that has seen nearly everything, the candidates today traded punches over a disease that hasn’t infected anyone in Illinois and a company that plans to build a warehouse in the state next year. Republican Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, shook hands with commuters in Arlington Heights and reiterated his support for a travel ban from Ebola-ridden c…


State Election Matters More Than Federal This Year (Chicago Now © 10/29/2014)

States across the country have recognized the paralysis in Washington, D.C. and decided to take action on their own. Both Democratic and Republican controlled state legislatures and chief executives are taking action on fiscal and economic matters under their control, setting off a competition among the states to create the most desirable place to live, work, start a business and raise a family.


Crunch Time for Governor Candidates (Chicago Press Release Service © 10/29/2014)

Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn have one week left to convince voters. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014) The timing of Tuesday’s announcement that over the next two years Amazon will create 1,000 new jobs in Illinois has some questioning if it was timed to benefit Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election effort. Amazon, however, says that’s not the case.


Pastor Corey Brooks Responds to Criticism (Chicago Press Release Service © 10/29/2014)

South Side Rev. Corey Brooks says he’s baffled by a Chicago Sun-Times column criticizing his enthusiastic endorsement of Republican Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner. In a Monday-night dispatch entitled “Preachers belong in the pulpit, not in politics,” columnist Mary Mitchell argued that the “level of respect” for religious leaders in the African-American


Spending on political ads fills coffers of TV stations (Chicago Tribune © 10/29/2014)

A year ago, KKTV, the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colo., was expecting a sleepy season for midterm political advertising. But races for a U.S. Senate seat and governor turned out to be dogfights. Ballot questions on food labeling and racetrack gambling started attracting attention. Outside money began flooding into the state. Now, with one week to go until Election Day and buyers still


Kass: Democratic candidates have an Ebola problem (Chicago Tribune © 10/29/2014)

The Sexy Ebola Nurse costume with thigh-high stockings revealing ample flesh above the knee yellow boots optional is here just in time for the November midterm elections, and for just $60. And it may be worn as a Halloween costume too. This Sexy Ebola Nurse costume might just be the hottest political get-up since Nixon masks were used by bank robbers.


When politicians practice medicine with Ebola, it’s time to worry (Chicago Tribune © 10/29/2014)

Now I am scared. A week ago in this space, with equal parts amusement and dismay, I recounted a series of anecdotes about Ebola panic from all across the land of the freaked. The most preposterous was the story about a mayor in a small Ohio town closing his city hall for a disinfectant cleaning because a municipal employee’s husband’s co-worker had shared a flight with one of the Dallas nurses w…


Amazon To Open First Illinois Facility, Hire 1,000 (Chicago WBBM 780 Radio © 10/29/2014)

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) Online retailer Amazon will be building a $75 million distribution center in Illinois, and investing in 1,000 full-time jobs, creating its first facility in the state. Amazon was conducting a site selection process to find a location for the warehouse, and the Chicago area was being considered, but Vice President Paul Misener suggested it would be just one of possibly several f…



National News


Hospital project seeks Emanuel administration’s help acquiring land

The price has soared to nearly $560 million on an ambitious plan to create a health care, retail and school campus on the Southwest Side that would include a new St. Anthony Hospital. Now the nonprofit spearheading the project is asking the Emanuel administration to help it acquire a key site, potentially using the power of eminent domain. Chicago Health Care Daily has more.

Enough with the corporate handouts, Gov. Quinn

The amount Illinois should give to Amazon to build a warehouse here: $0, says Crain’s Joe Cahill. He wants Gov. Pat Quinn to stop giving away taxpayer dollars to companies that would likely locate or expand here anyway. Read his argument here.

River City II? Condo developer to buy site south of housing complex

Chicago residential developer CMK has agreed to pay $4.9 million for a 1.8-acre site just south of River City, the Bertrand Goldberg-designed condo building at 800 S. Wells St., Chicago Real Estate Daily reports.

ADM’s $3 billion plan to make food taste better

Archer-Daniels-Midland has spent the past century processing crops and basic commodities. Now, with the purchase this month of Wild Flavors, it’s moving to gain technologies and add scientists who are developing techniques to enhance the flavor of food. Bloomberg has the story.

Motorola president finds Apple leaves ‘huge vacuum’

Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh tells CNET that the focus by his much larger rival on premium products leaves a “huge vacuum” in emerging markets, creating an enormous opportunity for Moto.

Argonne kicks off roadshow for battery research

With the roadshow, the national battery research hub at Argonne National Laboratory aims to get feedback from other scientists and industry representatives to ensure the hub’s research is relevant to real world applications. The Chicago Tribune has more.

Fast traders get data from SEC seconds early

Hedge funds and other rapid-fire investors can get access to market-moving documents ahead of other users of the SEC’s system for distributing company filings, giving them a potential edge on the rest of the market. Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal on new studies from researchers at the Universities of Chicago and Colorado.

No slowing debate on Chicago’s charter schools

Researchers defend their recent study finding that Chicago charter schools have been a failed experiment. Meanwhile, a charter school supporter says we need to change the conversation and focus on creating more great schools, charter or traditional.

Chicago schools: How did we get here?

And Chicago Tonight looks at a new six-part documentary web series that traces the history of school strife in Chicago, seeking to provide context for the district’s current struggles.

What Obama boost means for local manufacturers

The manufacturing sector is getting a boost, thanks to President Barack Obama directing more than $500 million to help firms purchase equipment and develop prototypes. First Business News talks with manufacturers at a trade show in suburban Chicago. (Click on image to launch video.)


Boots in the Impound

U.S. troops who return from Ebola missions in West Africa will be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday, a quarantine that goes beyond precautions advised by the Obama administration for civilians

Ebola Nurse Won’t Be ‘Bullied’

Asia Readies Itself for Ebola

U.S. Ambassador ‘Blown Away’ by Liberia Ebola Clinic


Cause Sought in Rocket Blast

The unmanned Antares exploded Tuesday, seconds after lift-off, in its bid to deliver experiments and equipment for NASA to the ISS


Royals Rout Giants, Force Game 7

The Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday night to force a winner-takes-all Game 7 in the World Series


Top Oama Officials Get Discounted Vacation Stays

Top Obama Administration officials, including the Vice President’s family, have been enjoying discounted vacations at a lakeside log cabin in a national park, TIME has learned, leading the Interior Department to launch an investigation into the cabin’s use


Americans Are More Afraid of Being Hacked Than Murdered

Sixty-nine percent said they frequently or occasionally worry about having credit card information they use in stores stolen by computer hackers, according to a new Gallup poll, much higher than the 18% who worry about getting murdered


Facebook Beats Expectations as Twitter Stumbles

The social-media titan reported 1.35 billion monthly active users, $3.2 billion in revenue and more than $800 million in profit in its third quarter. Facebook’s woes trying adapt to mobile now seem like a distant memory, as it now makes up two-thirds of the company’s ad revenue


U.S. Supreme Court Stays Missouri Inmate’s Execution

Mark Christeson, 35, who killed a woman and her two children, was scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. local time Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre before the stay of execution was issued out of concerns his legal counsel was ineffective


1989 Expected to Hit 1 Million Sales in Debut Week

Taylor Swift’s latest album, released Monday, is on track to hit 1 million in sales during its first week, according to Billboard. That would make the 24-year-old the only singer ever to have three albums achieve the one-million-in-one-week feat


Google Is Working on a Pill That Can Catch Diseases

The pill would contain tiny magnetic particles that would travel through a patient’s bloodstream and register the presence of chemicals or cells associated with diseases like cancer. The goal is to catch a potential illness before it’s even diagnosable


Jose Canseco Accidentally Shoots His Own Hand

Former baseball star Jose Canseco was reportedly rushed into surgery late on Tuesday after accidentally shooting himself in the finger at his Las Vegas home. The former Oakland Athletics outfielder was cleaning his handgun when it went off


U.S. Boosts National Security After Ottawa Shooting

The Department of Homeland Security said the presence of the Federal Protective Service, which oversees security for more than 9,500 federal buildings visited daily by some 1.4 million people, will be boosted following last week’s violence in Canada


Giant Tortoises Are Back From Near Extinction

The Espanola giant tortoises, which is endemic to the Galapagos Islands and can live for over 100 years, had numbered in the thousands but dropped to 15 by 1960 due to human exploitation. More than 1,500 of their offspring have since been released


Israel’s Netanyahu Furious Over ‘Chickensh*t’ Quote From U.S. Official

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said.



Video Capturing Street Harassment in NYC Sparks Debate

A video of a woman who was secretly recorded experiencing harassment over ten hours walking around New York City, has gone viral and sparked debate over its message and methods.


Word of the Day Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Chthonian   \THOH-nee-uhn\adjective; 


Classical Mythology . of or pertaining to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under theearth.